The Oct. 5 decision by Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, to open up the first public lands ever to be leased for solar panels, is an act of insanity, charged Lyndon LaRouche in discussion with LPAC-TV. The California projects announced, amount to a contribution to the further desertification of that state, as well as a filthy corrupt subsidy to the companies who run the solar projects.
Worse yet, the largest of the two projects approved will be built in the Imperial Valley, an area which could be made to bloom with life through the implementation of a real recovery program, the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA).
Nearly 7,000 acres of California public land is being allocated for the solar panels, 60 times the amount of space needed to create a reliable nuclear plant. The leases will run for 30 years. The larger project, run by Tessera Solar, will allegedly produce 707 megawatts with 28,000 solar discs, and create less than 1000 jobs (although, as we know, these will be temporary). The smaller project, near San Bernadino, will be comprised of over 40,000 panels.
On top of this dangerous waste, the Obama Administration has promised to pay out $300 million to the two companies, as long as they start the projects before the end of the year, according to a provision in the "Recovery" Act. The deadline for this rip-off means that there are likely to be four other major projects approved by the Interior Department soon.
Meanwhile, back at the White House, Obama has agreed, allegedly in response to green fascist Bill McKibben's efforts, to reinstall solar panels on the roof of the White House. These had been originally installed by goofy Jimmy Carter, and then removed by the sane Ronald Reagan. Obama's decision is consistent with his role as a British agent: How better to create the conditions for burning down the White House?